226 Million Personal Records Have Been Compromised in Europe in the Past Decade

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Findings from a report released today by Central European University's Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) indicate that the personal data of millions of Europeans have been compromised with 89 percent of the breaches the fault of corporations, rather than governments or other kinds of organizations.

“This is the largest investigation of privacy breaches in Europe ever undertaken,” said Philip Howard, CEU Professor of Global Media and Communication and director of CMDS. “We looked 350 incidents over a 10-year period, with a very focused look at the 229 incidents that directly involved the privacy of people living in Europe.”

The total population of the countries covered in this study is 524 million, and the total population of Internet users in these countries is 409 million. Expressed in ratios, this means that for every 100 people in the study countries, 43 personal records have been compromised. For every 100 internet users in the study countries, 56 records have been compromised.

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